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SOAP Statement on United States Supreme Court Opinion Overturning Roe v. Wade

In light of the Supreme Court decision of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case that overturns Roe v. Wade and Casey v. Planned Parenthood, thereby making the legality of abortion a state issue, SOAP reiterates and affirms our position statement issued June 1, 2022.

The Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) supports safe and equitable care for pregnant patients and newborns everywhere. This includes providing safe anesthesia and perioperative care to patients in all stages of pregnancy and the peripartum period, regardless of circumstances. Limiting access to safe abortion care for pregnant patients could have significant negative consequences on maternal morbidity and mortality. Consistent with our core values, SOAP believes that people should make their own medical decisions in conjunction with their health care providers, without limitations or bias posed by institutional, legislative or other policies.

 - SOAP Board of Directors

Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination

On July 29, 2021, SOAP teamed with the American Society of Anesthesiologists and nine other aligned societies to issue a joint statement strongly encouraging all health care personnel to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

SOAP Announces New Board of Directors 

July 2021 - SOAP has announced the 2021-2022 Board of Directors. As the governing body of SOAP, the Board is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization, with a vision of safe and equitable care for women and newborns everywhere. Download our press release or visit the Board webpage to learn more. 

2020 Center of Excellence Designees Announced

May 2021 - SOAP is pleased to recognize the 2020 designees for the prestigious SOAP Center of Excellence. The COE designation recognizes institutions and programs that demonstrate excellence in obstetric anesthesia care, sets a benchmark level of expected care to improve the standards nationally, and provides a broad surrogate quality metric of institutions providing obstetric anesthesia care. Download our press release or contact our headquarters team to learn more. 

Labor Epidurals Do Not Cause Autism; Safe for Mothers and Infants


Added October 1, 2021:  Findings from 2 new population-based studies in JAMA do not provide supportive evidence for an association between epidural labor analgesia and autism spectrum disorder in children. 

Added April 21, 2021: SOAP was gratified to receive notification from SOAP members Dr. Brian Bateman and Dr. Alex Butwick that additional research on this critical issue has been published in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings of these comprehensive research studies, published April 19, 2021, found no association between autism and labor epidurals for pain relief. This reinforces our previous statement that labor epidurals are safe. Here are links to the e-published research studies:

In October 2020, SOAP reassured pregnant women that the article “Association Between Epidural Analgesia During Labor and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Offspring,” a retrospective database study published in JAMA Pediatrics on October 12, 2020, did not provide credible scientific evidence that labor epidurals for pain relief cause autism. SOAP jointly released a statement with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and provided the following resources.


Media Partners

The following publications are partners with SOAP on the common goal of education, research and improving patient care in obstetric anesthesia. Anesthesia & Analgesia is the official journal of SOAP.